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REVIEW OF 2014 (First six months)

Carlow People Bagenalstown Notes for Tues. Dec. 30, 2014


Christmas Day Swim/Walk

Congratulations to the 20 swimmers who braved the river Barrow on a very cold Christmas morning and to the very big group of walkers for their participation to raise funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. This was the 21st annual Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk and the organiser, Mary Foster, appreciates their support, the lifeguards and everyone who helped in any way.

Turkey Trot

The annual Turkey Trot, organised by Marjorie Holligan, Kilcarrig, was a great success and raised €765, which was donated to the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.

Thinking of moving to London?

John Nolan, London Carlow Association invites anyone from Carlow/Co. Carlow thinking of heading to London. or has moved there, to contact the Association as they would be delighted to hear from them. The Carlow Association in London exists to connect up with Carlovians and their friends in London and organise social events that appeal to all. The Association can be contacted also via website; www.carlowassociationlondon.co.uk facebook; Carlow Association London

twitter; @CarlowinLondon


Homecoming Concert

Singer/Songwriter Derek Ryan from Garryhill, returns to his home county for the first time in almost twelve months for a big homecoming concert in Mt. Wolsey Hotel, Tullow on Wed. Feb. 26 when he will be supported by Brendan Shine Derek and his band played on the Late Late Show recently..

St. Lazerian’s House

St Lazerian’s House provides three excellent services for the older members of our community. Day Care is held every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a full day’s activity including cards, bingo and music. The hairdresser is also available both days and the chiropodist twice a month. Dinner consists of a beautiful home cooked three course dinner, together with morning and afternoon tea with home made cakes and buns (all for €6).

Meals on Wheels is delivered Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sat. (€5) and of course the main reason for St Lazerian’s is that it can provide a secure and safe home, with plenty of lively company for those who are living alone and feel isolated. You can come and go as you please; some residents have kept their own cars and use them regularly. There are no restrictions on visiting or going out with friends and family. If you, or any you know, would like to avail of any of these services contact Marian Manning at 059 97 21146.


Presentation of cheque to Mr. Ian Wilson, Chairman, Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. took place in Doyle’s Railway House recently. The cheque represents money raised from the Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk, organised by Mary Foster.


Care to Drive Service

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive local patients to and from chemotherapy treatments in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin; St. James’ Hospital, Dublin and Waterford Regional Hospital. A driver picks the patient up at their home, drops them to the hospital, collects them when they are finished their treatment and brings them home. This service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid.

Cupla Celebrates 30 Years Together

“Cupla” (known as Richie Kelly and Pat Ryan) took to the stage at the Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge, on Sunday, March 13, to celebrate thirty years on the entertainment scene. The Carlow based duo joined forces in 1984 and have been standard bearers over the years, playing live music for social dancing, ceili/set dancing and cabaret at top venues all over Ireland and abroad and since forming Cupla have recorded a number of albums and videos and featured on radio and television both in Ireland and England.

Cyril Hughes wins the Hall of Fame Award

Ballinkillen native, Cyril Hughes was recently honoured for his great contribution to Carlow GAA (football and hurling) on the field and at management level. Among the highlights of his career was winning a Railway Cup Football medal with combined Universities in 1973 and receiving an All Star as an outstanding dual player in 1982 and of course winning a SHC with his native Ballinkillen in 1973. Cyril’s lifelong involvement with Ballinkillen Hurling Club continues as a current selector.


Pitch and Putt

Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt club held its AGM in the club pavilion recently. Outgoing Chairman, Dickie Hickey, congratulated all those who took part in various competitions in the region over the past year. Treasurer, Mary Shannon, presented a very detailed financial report which showed the club in a reasonably sound position financially.

Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting for anyone against the installation of pylons on Wed. April 16 in the Lord Bagenal. The meeting will include a question and answer session. This meeting is organised by the Carlow Opposing Pylons 4U on behalf of local Carlow anti pylon groups.


Dawn Mass 2014

Large crowds attended the annual Dawn Mass on Mount Leinster on Easter Sunday, attended by Bishop Denis Nulty. Great credit is due to Mr. Dan O’Sullivan of the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen for his assistance in preparation for the ceremony.

At the end of the Vigil Mass in Bagenalstown Parish Church the Baden Powell Senior Scouts and Leaders were formally presented with a candle lit from the Pascal candle, which they then carried on foot to the Mass site on Mt. Leinster, a distance of approx. 20 km.

Town Council’s Final Meeting

The curtain came down on Muine Bheag Town Council after 160 years when the historic final meeting took place in the McGrath Hall on Thursday evening, May 15. Past Councillors and their guests were invited to join the members after the meeting for light refreshments and a look back at the work of the Council over the years. Town Clerk, Janette O’Brien, told those present that since she took over the job three years ago she was very impressed by the community spirit she found in the town and the people of Muine Bheag’s great sense of pride in their place, which was a key factor in the town winning the national Pride of Place Competition 2012. A presentation was made to each Town Councillor as a token of appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the town.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Joe Manning ended the meeting with some good news. He announced that the apartments at the back of the Manor House in Market Square have been bought by a consortium and work will start in two weeks time to bring them up to a high standard. Cllr. Manning said a deal has been brokered between the consortium and Carlow County Council. The owners will lease the apartments to the Council for a period of twenty five years at which time the Council will take over ownership. There are presently 90 people on the housing list in Muine Bheag. The chain of office, photographs, and artefacts will be put on display in the Library on Main Street and remain there.



Congratulations to Shauna O’Neill, a student at Queen of the Universe N.S. who was selected to play in Croke Park on All Ireland Final/Semi-Final Day.

Dunleckney Graveyard Improvement Group

In recent years a small voluntary group has cleaned Dunleckney graveyard and its entrance. The graveyard is now a worthy resting place for all who are buried there. In the past weeks some person(s) has dumped a rolled up mattress and bags of rubbish in the graveyard. Such action is most regrettable and is deeply offensive to all who are buried there. The Improvement Group asks that this dumping ceases now. Any person who is seen to dump rubbish in this graveyard will be reported.

Walk for Autism

Congratulations to Town Councillor Ken Hickey, Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, who recently walked from Carlow town to Croke Park to raise funds for Irish Autism. This is just one of the many fundraising events Ken has organised for Irish Autism.

Carlow Folk Tales

Co-writers of Carlow Folk Tales, Local man, Jack Sheehan, Dunleckney, and his daughter Aideen McBride, officially launched their well researched and interesting book in Carlow Library recently. The book is a must for anybody interested in local history and is available in local shops in the town.

Avril Johnson

Congratulations to Avril Johnson, Maple Drive, Bagenalstown who recently won the Face of Tempted Competition 2014. Avril was one of fifteen ladies who reached the final of this competition and her prize package will include €1,000 cash to spend in Tempted Boutique, She will also have the opportunity of signing with V Plus Model Agency, Ireland’s first agency catering exclusively for plus size models.

Local Volunteers head for Calcutta.

This year, Pat Byrne from Dunroe, Borris, a Suas Educational Development alumni and veteran of programmes in India and Kenya will be joined in Calcutta by Bagenalstown native Grace O’ Dea. Pat, having spent three months with Suas in Calcutta four years ago, is very excited to return, having seen the difference that volunteers can make on the ground. Grace is a student of medicine in Trinity College Dublin and both will work with the same partner organisation. Their ability to balance their college commitments, exams, their social activities, as well as fundraising for the €3,000 participation fee demonstrates their commitment to those less fortunate than themselves.

Borris School takes First Prize

Congratulations to Borris Vocational School who recently won the Walton’s Music for Schools Competition Final, held in the National Concert Hall, for their entry “Borris Fusion”, taking home a prize of €3,000. The performance of the 59 strong musical group was truly amazing and their success was very well deserved. .

Good work

Well done to Mrs. Ron Reddy, Conway Park who raised €4,107 for St. Luke’s Cancer Hospital Ron, and with the help of friends, opened a temporary or “pop-up” shop for the month of May in Main Street in the premises of Mrs. Joan Somers who kindly offered her shop for this very worthy cause.

Everest Challenge

On Sunday, June 8, 6th class students from Queen of the Universe N.S. climbed the height of Mt. Everest (8850m.) on Mt. Leinster and raised much needed funds for their school.

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